Every organisation that works with children and vulnerable adults has a duty of care to ensure no harm comes to them. We provide a range of protection and safeguarding consultancy, training and capacity building services to support organisations worldwide to identify the risks that programmes and operations are exposed to. These services are rooted in our collective experiences delivering development programmes.
We develop safeguarding strategies, policies and guidelines that are appropriate to both the NGO and business’s specific area of work and to the local cultural and social context. These policies are based on our collective experience of delivering programmes. We also establish monitoring and evaluation guidelines and ensure the policies stay fit for purpose.
We review systems and processes and undertake contextual analysis of new work areas and locations to determine whether current safeguarding measures are effective. We take into consideration the nature of the client’s business or industry area, the regional context and a country’s official child protection systems.
We help embed policies and practice by delivering child safeguarding training, direct to staff or through a train the trainer model. Much of our training is delivered by our programme partners who are also practitioners delivering development programmes. The training blends practical experience of the local context with knowledge of international safeguarding standards. We can provide ongoing advice and guidance as organisations and businesses implement their safeguarding practices.
Experience has shown us that when we put children at the centre of the planning processes and enable them to have a meaningful role in creating the programmes that affect their lives, the results are stronger. We help organisations to work out how children can participate in developing, implementing and monitoring protection and safeguarding policies and practice.
The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) set out a business’s responsibility for upholding human rights. The Children’s Rights and Business Principles provide practical guidance for businesses on supporting children’s rights. We can support the private sector to translate these guidelines into practical accessible business policies to ensure their business is doing no harm.
Our portfolio page tells you more about the businesses and organisations we have worked with.
Butterflies has been working with street connected children since 1989. Read the stories of Laxmi the ethical entrepreneur and Suraj the future doctor.
ChildHope has joined the UN Global Compact
'Exploring research-policy partnerships in international development' is the latest IDS Bulletin which features contributions from our team and partners.
Helen Veitch led our Lunch and Learn seminar on the subject of Children’s Participation and Sexual Violence, find out more about our Safeguarding seminars.
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